Bamboo Airways lands in Siem Reap

Some countries like Cambodia are opening their borders to vaccinated travelers with no test required. (PHOTO: Matt Driskill)

Vietnamese company Bamboo Airways made its maiden flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia on Sunday (August 7th) as Cambodia attempts to rebuild its tourism sector which has been hit hard by the COVID pandemic. Bamboo Airways’ first inaugural flight from Vietnam’s capital Hanoi landed at 7:20 p.m., marking a crucial next step in the airline’s roadmap to expand its international network. On this new route, Bamboo Airways operates Embraer-190 aircraft.

(PHOTO: Cambodia Airports)

Siem Reap International Airport had started seeing the return of international flights in December 2021 after a 20-month hiatus resulting from the pandemic and its impacts on air travel. It currently hosts routes to/from Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hanoi and two domestic routes.

Thach Pierre Hoang, Deputy CCO of Bamboo Airways, said, “This first non-stop Hanoi – Siem Reap flight is Bamboo Airways’ next effort in our journey of expanding international presence. We are more than delighted to offer five star services at Siem Reap International Airport and look forward to leveraging this valuable partnership with many more routes to come in the future. Furthermore, we hope that our new Vietnam – Cambodia route will fulfill its crucial role as an air bridge and make a substantial contribution to the development of the two countries in all aspects such as tourism, economy and culture.

Stephen King, Chief Commercial Officer of Cambodia Airports, the company that operates the Kingdom’s three international airports, said: “At this difficult time, it is a breakthrough to welcome a new carrier. We are delighted to welcome Bamboo Airways today. We know passengers will appreciate the added choice offered by the airline’s new service linking Vietnam’s bustling capital, Hanoi, and the wonderful city of Siem Reap. It is a further sign of the rebuilding of tourism after the successful vaccination campaign carried out by the Cambodian authorities and the subsequent reopening of the Kingdom’s borders. We look forward to welcoming new routes between our two countries in partnership with Bamboo Airways in the months to come. »

As part of a public-private partnership signed with the Royal Government of Cambodia in 1995, Cambodia Airports holds the concession for the development and management of the Cambodian network of international airports serving the capital Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, which is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Archaeological Complex, and the port city and resort town of Sihanoukville. The shareholders of Cambodia Airports are the French VINCI Airports (70%) and Muhibbah Masteron Cambodia (30%), a Malaysian-Cambodian joint venture.

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